IN 2008, BALCONES WAS DRIVEN TO CREATE SOMETHING ORIGINAL AND AUTHENTIC.
In 2008, Balcones was nothing more than an idea driven by a passion to create something original and authentic, right here in the Heart of Texas. It all started in an old welding shop under a bridge in Waco.
For the next year, we replaced the roofing, knocked out walls, laid brick, cut pipes, installed copper pot stills from Portugal, and shoehorned a whisky distillery inside that quaint building.
Proud of what we had accomplished on our own, we began distilling in 2009.WEBSITE
Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky
A timeless style of malt whisky, Balcones “1” Texas Single Malt breathes new life into centuries of distilling tradition with classic techniques and ingredients adapted for New World tastes.
Opening aromas bear hints of toffee and overripe fruits. On the palate, layers of toasted malt and honey give way to mellow notes of baked pears and apples. A long finish is accompanied by cinnamon and cloves.
Texas made, Texas proud, we hope you enjoy the whisky we owe our success to as much as we enjoy making it.
Nose: ripe, buttered stone fruit, banana and pears; honey and rose water with delicate citrus accents.
Taste: silky and full on the palate; lightly toasted bread with fresh butter and marmalade.
Finish: long finish with lingering toast and burnt sugar notes morphing into rich malt and wood flavors with counterbalancing acidity.
Balcones Lineage Texas Single Malt Whisky
Lineage is a marrying of the traditional Scotch Single Malts that have long been an inspiration to us with innovative approaches to grain and maturation to celebrate Texas provenance.
Made from both Scottish and Texas-grown barley and aged in both refill and new oak barrels, Lineage celebrates both old and new traditions.
Nose: sweet and indulgent, sourdough starter and cream soda, mulled cider, bruised bananas and peaches, tea tree.
Taste: caramelized sweetness, soft oak, manuka honey, chestnuts and hint of red wine reduction.
Finish: late palate builds into the transition to finish, slight prickle with more tea tree, black tea and hint of cinnamon.
Balcones Texas Rye
Our 100% Rye Mashbill began with Elbon Rye from Northwest Texas accompanied by crystal, chocolate and roasted rye.
Driven by constant curiosity, we distilled our Rye in our copper pot stills, bringing new subtlety and perspective to our approach.
Nose: soft charred oak, black tea and cracked pepper open up to fruit and chocolate covered cherries.
Taste: creamy buttery toffee, building to peppery spice notes with hints of coffee and nuts.
Finish: peanut butter and dark chocolate.
Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky
The first Texas whisky on the market since Prohibition, Baby Blue is crafted from roasted blue corn.
This rich and oily maize adds new sophistication to the corn whisky tradition while keeping the freshness and verve of classic American distilling.
Intentionally youthful, Baby Blue captures the essence of this prized corn with a round nuttiness, roasted overtones and refined complexity. The mouthfeel is viscous with a soft finish.
A true Texas original that we are delighted to share with the world.
Nose: melted butter, kettle corn, vanilla, toffee, cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh bread and honey, fresh ground coffee, baking chocolate.
Taste: tropical fruit, slight apricot, brown sugar, cotton candy, sweet tea with lemon, smoked chilis.
Finish: medium long warming, late cinnamon/leather spice, mint and green.